Work to conserve woodland on the outskirts of Lichfield has begun. Lichfield District Council has commissioned local tree surgeons to carry out woodland management, which includes felling trees, to make sure Darnford Park’s woodland remains healthy for years to come. Darnford Park separates Boley Park from the A38 on the eastern side of Lichfield. The woodland within the park has been growing unchecked for years, and is now in need of some attention. A team from James Tonks Tree Surgery, a Shenstone company, began thinning the woodland earlier this month. The work will mean the remaining trees can grow larger and stronger, and will also help woodland plants and flowers to grow, as they will get more much-needed light. Councillor Alan White, Lichfield District Council’s cabinet member for development services said: “It’s important to look after our woodland and these works will not only help to strengthen the remaining trees, it will also open up the area, making it easier for visitors to walk through the woodland.  “We are keeping Darnford Park open while the work is being carried out, but we are asking visitors to be aware that it is taking place, and to comply with any safety instructions given by our foresters, and keep a close eye on their children and dogs.” The woodland thinning at Darnford Park is just the beginning of improvements for the park. The council’s tree officers and parks team have secured more than £100,000 in grants to fund these works, including a grant of £77,555 from the Forestry Commission. Councillor Val Richards, Lichfield District Council’s cabinet member for leisure services, added: “The second phase of work is scheduled to begin later in the spring. This will include upgraded paths, new picnic areas and improvements to the fences and gates. “Volunteers have already started to help with the facelift, and next year we plan to invite local residents and schools to help with practical conservation work, such as hedge-laying and tree planting. “It’s an exciting project and we hope lots of people want to get involved. We would particularly like to thank the Forestry Commission who have supported our plans and provided a substantial amount of funding.”